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Wishing to know in greater detail the full implications of President Eisenhower’s electrifying proposal for the pooling of fissionable materials, the Atlantic turned to GORDON DEAN, who screed on the Atomic Energy Commission from 1949 to 1953 and for three years was its chairman. A lawyer,born in Seattle in 1905,Mr. Dean taught law at Duke University and at the University of Southern California; was a Special Executive Assistant to the United States Attorney General,and in 1945 served at Nuremberg on Justice Jackson’s prosecuting staff.
Scholar, author, and teacher,JACQUES BARZUN was born and schooled in France, came to this country in 1919, was naturalized in 1933, and has been teaching history at Columbia University for more than two decades. A writer since the age of seventeen, he has published a dozen volumes of scholarship and social comment, of which Teacher in America was the most provocative and widely read. His new book. God’s Country and Mine, will appear under the Atlantic—Little, Brown imprint in March: the author terms it “a declaration of love spiced with a few harsh words; and from it, as an appetizer, we have selected the paper which follows.
A poet whose perception and generous encouragement have meant so much to younger writers in this country and in England, DR. EDITH SITWELLstood in a special relationship toward Dylan Thomas. She sprang to his defense when, a poet of twenty-two, he was under heavy attack by the London critics. They met and became friends that winter; and from the first she believed that he was one of the rarest and most gifted of our time. To support his wife and three children, Dylan Thomas made occasional ventures into broadcasting, scenario writing, and storytelling. But his Collector Poems, published by New Directions in 1953, is his enduring monument. We are grateful to Dr. Sitwell for this authoritative and affectionate appraisal of his work.
An American novelist of Norwegian stock, NORMAN MATSON TELLS US that he was born in the shadow of a factory in an industrial town in the Middle West and raised in a working-class district of San Francisco. After a short tour in railroading, he turned to journalism, working on California labor newspapers. He moved East from paper to paper, landing eventually in New York, where in 1926 he published his first novel, a fantasy entitled Flecker’s Magic, which was appreciatively reviewed by E. M. Forster.
The new President of the Philippines, Ramón Magsaysay, first came into national prominence as a guerrilla fighter against the Japanese; as Secretary of Defense from 1950 until the spring of 1953, he was successful in subduing the armed Communists and in rehabilitating many of the Huks. This account of President Magsaysay and his program is written by his close friend GENERAL CARLOS P. ROMULO, who was also a candidate for the presidency but withdrew to become Magsaysay’s campaign manager. General Romulo, formerly President of the UN General Assembly and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished correspondence in 1941.
Novelist and anthropologist, who graduated from Groton in 1920 and from Harvard in 1924, OLIVER LA FARGE had taken part in three archacological expeditions to Arizona and in others to Mexico and Guatemala before settling down to write his first novel. Laughing Boy, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1929. Since 1933 he has taken a leading interest in Indian affairs; and more recently, during his residence in New Mexico, he has taught and lectured on the two subjects dearest to him — anthropology and English.
BENJAMIN THOMAS, the author of the best single-volume biography of Lincoln, reminds us that following the election of President Zachary Taylor in 1848, Abraham Lincoln thought that his political career was at an end. He had served one term in Congress, where his record had not found favor with his Illinois constituents; now the door of patronage had been slammed in his face, so Lincoln settled back into the routine of a country lawyer riding circuit spring and fall, pleading cases at court sessions in seven county towns. What he learned from this experience and what it was that sorting him from this rut constitute a turning point in his life.
As a Sheldon Traveling Fellow, LESLIE HOTSON in 1924 visited the Record Office in London, and in a matter of weeks tracked down the murderer of Christopher Marlowe and the eyewitness account of the stabbing. Five years later—this time on a Guggenheim Fellowship — he brought to light “Shelley’s Lost Letters to Harriet.”In 1931, as Professor of English at Haverford, he published “ Shakespeare versus Shallow,”his discovery of Shakespeare’s quarrel and arrest. The results of another important detective case, the dating of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, appeared in the Atlantic in 1949. The illuminating article which follows was printed in the Sewanee Review last summer, and we are happy to bring it to the attention of Atlantic readers.
A wandering Englishman whose gift of languages and whose audacity remind one of Lawrence of Arabia, PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR was the British Commando who during the war commanded the operation which ambushed, captured, and evacuated General Kreipe, German Commander of the Sebastopol Division in Crete. His book, The Traveller’s Tree, a journey through the Caribbean Islands, was awarded the Heinemann Foundation Prize for 1950 and a Kemsley Prize. Now from that same rich and storied background comes this short novel, of which this is the concluding installment.
EDWIN O’CONNOR has written several articles about radio and television for these pages. He is the author of The Oracle,the central character of which is an omniscient and thoroughly fraudulent network commentator.
R. P. LISTCR is an English free lance whose light articles and verse are widely known on both sides of the Atlantic.
DORIS OVERLAND has reviewed books and done miscellaneous writing as a free lance. A former Bostonian, she now works in Springfield, Mass.
JOHN M. CONLY is a former New York and Washington news paper man, now on the staff of High Fidelity Magazine. “They Shall Have Music" is a quarterly feature in the Atlantic.